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Fabrics by Durability Ratings

Abrasion testing is done by rubbing a fabric to determine how long the fabric will last before showing wear. The higher the rub count, the longer it will last. There are two standard methods of testing: Wyzenbeek and Martindale. Look for the terms Double Rubs or DR. Typically when a fabric is an upholstery fabric it will always have a double rub rating, however some drapery fabrics will also show a double rub test rating which are typically in the range of 10,000 or less.

Heavy Duty FabricsHeavy Duty Fabrics
Heavy Duty Fabrics
21,000 to 50,000 Double Rubs
Residential and Commercial use. Fabrics that can withstand kids and pets (with exceptions of course).
High Performance FabricsHigh Performance Fabrics
High Performance Fabrics
51,000 to 80,000 Double Rubs
Resisdential upholstery for regular use. Office and Public Seating
High Wear Commercial Upholstery FabricsHigh Wear Commercial Upholstery Fabrics
High Wear Commercial Upholstery Fabrics
80,000+ Double Rubs
Commercial grade heavy duty fabrics.
Light Duty FabricsLight Duty Fabrics
Light Duty Fabrics
5,000 to 9,000 Double Rubs
Multipurpose fabrics for occasional use furniture and pillows.
Medium Duty FabricsMedium Duty Fabrics
Medium Duty Fabrics
10,000 to 20,000 Double Rubs
Upholstery fabrics for the home.
The Wyzenbeek double rub test is a back and forth rub while the Martindale test rubs in a figure eight pattern. The higher the double rub test rating the longer the fabric will last.